Ballantrae Smugglers Festival 2018

10-12 August 2018

Ballantrae has a rich and colourful smuggling past.

The Ballantrae Smugglers’ Festival keeps that story alive and we are currently working on the detailed programme for this year.

Have a look at the pictures and videos from previous years (click the tabs above).  Have a look at the description of last year’s activities below.

Put the dates in your diary now!  

Watch this space……….. and “Ballantrae Smugglers’ Festival “ (Facebook) for details of the programme as they emerge


The Ballantrae Smugglers’ events for 2017 kicked off on Friday 9 June, with Music, Poetry and Smuggling Storiesan event for the whole family in a marquee at Ballantrae harbour. The production included the children from Ballantrae Primary School reading stories and poems from the book they published last year, and a performance of “Smuggler”, a song about smuggling in the local area. They were joined by “Celtic Voices” and Davie Hunter. The usual Smugglers’ Festival characters, The Minister and Doctor, and two new characters – the Innkeeper and The Narrator – enacted an incident which may or may not have been part of Ballantrae’s colourful smuggling history!

At the Festival of Food and Drink on Sunday 11 June the SmugglersContraband Storeattracted a lot of attention, particularly since the smugglers were giving away free samples of the fine wines recently landed as part of the consignment of contraband, and using a variation of a “treasure hunt”, visitors were encouraged to guess where the contraband would be hidden.

Smuggler Scarecrows appeared across the village in mid August.

On Saturday 26 August the King’s Arms Hotel in Ballantrae is hosted another successful adults only Smugglers’ Supper”.

On Sunday 27 AugustThe Ballantrae SmugglersChase involving skiff racing, took place in Ballantrae Bay with the tall ship La Malouine overseeing the action.

On Saturday 23 September a Carrick SmugglersRoad Trip (a coach trip with commentary) worked its way up the coast from Ballantrae to the Heads of Ayr.

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